New Martinsville police chief has decades of experience with department

Monday was first day.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WSET) - Chief Sean Dunn announced his departure in early June. During his tenure, he cut violent crime by 59 percent and overall crime by 30 percent. City leaders believe that success can continue with Dunn's replacement, Chief Eddie Cassady.

"I came to work at the Martinsville Police Department in 1985," Cassady said. Monday was his first day as chief of police.

He knows the system well. Cassady came in as a patrol officer, worked in the street crimes unit, as a detective, lieutenant, and captain in various departments.

He's been with the department for many many years, has risen through the ranks, knows the department inside and out," city manager Leon Towarnicki explained.

"One thing I've said about police work is that it's an ever changing, ever learning experience," Cassady said.

A constant in Cassady's career that he would like to continue to grow is community policing.

"Working with our community, they're our biggest asset."

It may only be day one of many, but Cassady told ABC 13 that he wants to get a quick start and continue initiatives started by Dunn, like making Martinsville a certified "Crime Prevention Community."

"It really boils down to working with the community, finding out what the real problems are, and addressing those issues within the community and getting that community input."

He also is looking at tackling the opiod problem in the area.

Cassady has always lived in this area, which he and city leaders think will help in his new role.

City leaders expect the transition to go smoothly.

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